The Struggle Has Ended

Greg Hewlett passed away on January 17th after nearly eight years of battling colon cancer. While we grieve his loss, we are comforted to know that he is with his Lord.

If you would like to leave your thoughts on Greg, please see this thread.

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Monday, June 9, 2003

Cancer transformation

I have received encouragement and requests for continued posting of poetry. This I wrote this morning while the rest of my house slept.

Cancer transformation
Eight months? Eight years? Eighteen? Twenty-eight?
The certainty of death;
Our certainty in life.
Still busy around me, they craft meaning with meaningless tricks.
Pressing, consuming, judging, racing, scheming, ignoring, laughing.
What meaning can be found
In this cancerous world
But what is true for all?
3:00a.m., June 10, 2003
A sleepless night after post-iron-treatment meds
(�may cause difficulty sleeping� - now there's an understatement)


Carl said...

Poetry can communicate the charade side of life stripped bare. Please continue. truth is beauty, beauty truth.

Steve said...

i just read PVK's email . . .
very sorry that you have cancer again . . .
i cannot imagine what you are going thru
with today's medicine and doctors . . .
with your strong will and sense of humor . . .
you will defeat cancer a second time
two weeks ago i had my 7th surgery . . .
very minor compared to what you have gone thru
i do know a little what it feels like to
not be able to do what you want when you want
please let me know if there is anything
i could do to help
i have posted your website URL at
userid example = usask1/a0123456
passwd example = Win_NT_passwd

Bruce Grantham said...

I came to know the Lord through a men's bible study at your dad's home about 15 or so years ago. God knew before I was born that I would find my way from a small town in New Zealand to that home, just like he knew that I would be sitting at this computer tonight wodering what to write to you. I am debating whether or not to spell some words the way I was taught to mess with the spell checker.
Through our friendship with your folks, we have followed and admired your life's journey. Now, we are preparing to go to Preby. hospital at 5.30 a.m. tomorrow morning for a biopsy/surgery on Bert's knee where an undetermined tumor has grown.
The doctor said it could go either way. You must know what it is like to wait in faith for unknown results.
We feel as though God's fingerprints have been all over the diagnostic process on Bert's knee, from the on-fire admissions believer at the hospital to our church friend whose referral helped us get into a top orthopeidic oncologist the day we called. Still, we must wait.
So far, we seem to be (mostly) calm. Perhaps God has been listening to my cry of late to not settle for coping, or even for conquering, but to want to be "more than a conquerer". I wonder how close Paul got to achieving that on a consistent basis?
May you be more than a conquerer my friend.
Love in Christ, Bruce and Bert

Nils said...

Real men enjoy poetry. Encore.

Henry Chu said...

Greg, and Family,
May the wings of the Almigthy overshadow you! May the Soverign Lord be near moment by moment, that whenever you need rest, you will be able to sleep soundly in Jesus and be restored in strength.
We know that God does not look upon lightly the afflictions of His saints. You can probably judge by the response to your chrono, that our hearts have been touched, and our outlook on life impacted in the most positive way. This makes me ponder on what immense good that will come out of the life of a living sacrifice!
Prayer requests acknowledeged.
On our knees with you,